I think Fabregas might not be in Conte’s plans even without 4-4-2 given his lack of defensive skills. Alternatively, he could see him as the player to replicate Pirlo in a 3-man at the back system which would just require strengthening and adding depth to central defense. Who knows. I can’t say I saw Conte’s preference for 4-4-2 too much during his Juventus times but who knows. The rumours about his willingness to sell Courtois is just silliness. He should know how much a quality keeper can help and Courtois is far away from his prime.